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MGMA welcomes award-winning actor Viola Davis as keynote at MGMA 2017 Annual Conference

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Englewood, Colo., May 23, 2017— Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is pleased to announce award-winning actor Viola Davis as the keynote speaker at the MGMA 2017 Annual Conference (MGMA17). MGMA17 will be held Oct. 8-11 in Anaheim, Calif.

During the conference, the critically revered, award-winning actor will speak to the group of medical professionals about her journey to self-love and success, detailing how she overcame adversities to become an accomplished and celebrated actor. She will showcase how she learned to stay true to herself, follow her passions and practice self-acceptance every step of the way.

“This is a monumental year for MGMA as we welcome one of the most well-known and admired actors to the stage at MGMA17,” said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, CMPE President and Chief Executive Officer at MGMA. “As a female and business professional that has had to overcome many barriers, I look up to Viola and look forward to hearing how she overcame adversity to thrive in her industry. Though she is in a different industry, her teachings will be extremely beneficial for this group to learn about working through obstacles and overcoming anything that may arise.”

MGMA17 is a premier healthcare conference catering to top executives, as well as all levels of medical practice professionals and decision makers in the healthcare industry. The conference aims to empower attendees to lead their organization with confidence through unparalleled educational sessions, face-to-face networking and industry-leading product-research opportunities.

Viola, a classically-trained and award-winning actor, has conquered every medium from stage to television to film. From her Tony Award-winning performances in “King Hedley II” and “Fences” to Academy Award-winning performance in “Fences,” Viola has burst through every barrier to become one of the most accomplished and celebrated actors today. She most recently became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as ‘Annalise Keating’ in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her role also earned her two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden Globe nominations.

From the lectern, Viola discusses her career and how overcoming adversities and preconceived restrictions have all contributed to reinforcing her abilities as an artist and becoming a stronger woman.
 
Registration for MGMA17 opens June 6. Early-bird pricing ($200 discount) ends Aug. 29.

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